June 29 2015

Camp WaBak Song

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(h/t to Lois Graves for sending this to me!)

Did you know Camp WaBak has its own song?  It was written by Jean (“Happy”) Ligon in 1968:

Big Boy Mountain
Big Boy Mountain

Song of WaBak

Back in the hills is a camp we know
It’s been there long and we have learned to know
It’s a place to learn, to love, to grow.

Shining sunlight greets the day;
Rain may come, but clouds will blow away
And sun will smile as campers play.

WaBak, WaBak, where the wind blows free;
WaBak, Camp WaBak,
It’s a home for hearts, for you and me. Continue reading

June 26 2015

Tic Tac Toe and Doodles

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The other day, I was going through some boxes of my stuff up in the attic and came across the notebook I took with me on our Trip Out West™.  So as a follow-up to my “Kids These Days” post, I just wanted to post some examples of what you do when you’re stuck in a van (not down by the river) for eight or nine hours a day before the days of portable DVDs, cellphones, and tablets:  Continue reading

June 10 2015

Summer Camp Memories at Whitehall Forest

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I never got to go to an overnight camp growing up, but I did attend a few day camps during my time as a GS.  We usually spent the night on Friday, but I never did have the full blown camp experience.

Note:  This recollection is based off of thirty-something year old memories.  The details may or may not be fully factual with what actually happened, but I think they are pretty close!  🙂

whitehall-forestOne of my favorite day camps was the one held in 1983 at UGA’s Whitehall Forest by the Northeast Georgia Girl Scout Council.  I attended it along with a few of my troopmates if I remember correctly – Jenny being one, perhaps?  I’m just going to assume it was her.  Let’s go with it, shall we?  Edit:  I talked to Jenny and it WAS her! Continue reading

June 8 2015

Enter the Uniform Zone… IF YOU DARE!

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Warning:
Originally this was going to a lengthy post about my view on uniforms. I moved part of it into its own post when it strayed so far off topic, so all was left was this serious explanation. But then I started reading thread after thread and argument and argument over uniforms on various GS groups that it almost became absurd. I almost just scuttled this post altogether because it would beat an already dead horse into oblivion, but you know what? IT’S MY PARTY AND I’LL CRY IF I WANT TO.

ENTER THE UNIFORM ZONE… IF YOU DARE!

Although I don’t spend nearly as much time on Facebook as I used to, I do browse through the FB group Girl Scouts Gab from time to time.  I can’t find the exact post now, but basically the leader was asking others about getting her girls to wear uniforms and asking what others do.
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June 7 2015

Now is the Summer of Our Discontent

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Warning:
This is probably going to come across as a depressing and possibly whiny post, so if you don’t want to read it, just stop now.

Welp, it’s the end of the school year, and it’s time to submit all of the fun financial and administrative paperwork for the council.  One of them is the Troop Forecasting Form in which you attempt your best to give the council an idea of how many girls you’ll have in your troop next year.  I sent out an email to my parents to get their input as has been done in the past by our primary troop leader.

I should preface that I’ve always been aware that with each passing year, you lose girls.  I know it, and it’s just inevitable, especially when you hit the Cadette level.  This has been the case since I was a scout, so there’s no reason to think this is anything new.   The reasons have been discussed elsewhere ad nauseum. Continue reading